When looking at the potential candidates to be fired this year, the one that stands out most is Luis Rojas. The Mets manager who promptly had to take over because of Carlos Beltran’s firing has only been at the helm of the team for 86 games. In that time, he’s sported a lowly record of 39-47 or a .453 winning percentage.
This is a Mets team that has been through, well, A LOT; they’ve not made the playoffs since 2016. That would not sting so much if it weren’t for the blatant and obvious facts that one, they play in New York (very demanding), and two, they are consistently predicted to get a playoff birth in the offseason. That’s just to unpack a little bit of this messy suitcase. This team watched the mid-rebuild Marlins sneak into the wildcard in the 2020s shortened season, while they tied for the last place.
With star talents like Pete Alonso and Jacob DeGrom still in their prime, you would expect better. In the 2021 offseason, they were projected to bring in one of the bigger names on the waiver wire. Albeit, they traded for Francisco Lindor instead. After missing out on outfielder George Springer(almost), catcher J.T Realmuto (wasn’t happening), and Trevor Bauer (so close), they extended their big offseason acquisition. They gave the shortstop a 10-year, 341million dollar deal to be a Met into his late 30s. They also signed catcher James McCann, outfielders Kevin Pillar & Albert Almora, infielder Jonathan Villar, and pitchers Taijuan Walker, Trevor May, and Marcus Stroman.
A few other transactions to bolster their team were the additions of Jose Peraza, Jordan Yamamoto, Carlos Carrasco, Aaron Loup, Miguel Castro, Sein-Reid Foley, Trevor Hildenberger, Jacob Barnes, Jose Martinez, and Joey Luchessi. All these moves and money being pushed around and to start their season an even 13-13. That’s following a two-win streak, meaning they were 11-13 before a Cubs doubleheader.
Their star ticket so far hasn’t pushed him away into the fireworks that could be. Lindor is batting a dismal .163 AVG with a .504 OPS. His on-base percentage isn’t too dreary thus far at .297, but he absolutely just is not hitting. He has one less strikeout than he does walks, and the 15 whiffs he does have match his 15 hits perfectly. He’s done okay in the field through 25 games he has only made two errors.
This and many other Mets hitting struggles led to the early-season firing of both hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater. This might be an overreaction, but for Rojas’s case, it doesn’t bode well. The mess of the Mets needs to be cleaned up fast. One poll taker even said that Rojas is just a placeholder and that sooner or later the Mets will figure out who they actually view as a better manager and remove Rojas from his position.
If the struggles continue, and the Braves and Nationals catch steam, then the Mets may look to make the midseason move of being the first team to fire their head coach.